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Highlights High Five February 2016

For beginning readers! The stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities in this read-only digital version of High Five magazine set children on the path to lifelong learning. Each 36-page issue reinforces reading skills, math skills and other areas of learning, and offers activities that help build self-confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 2-6.

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Highlights for Children, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
half and half again!

Sharing is such a great way to explore the idea of more and less. When children divide something in half, they discover that a half is smaller than a whole. And if they help out in the kitchen, they can see for themselves that a ¼ teaspoon is much smaller than 1 teaspoon. Hands-on experiences like these lay the foundation that will help children understand the concept of fractions when they are introduced in elementary school. In this month’s story “Bella’s Pizza Pie” (pages 20 to 23), Bella makes a pizza and then cuts it in half and in half again to share her one pizza with her three friends. And in “Half for You, Half for Me” (pages 6 to 9), Tex discovers that half a valentine is just right…

1 min.
half for you, half for me

Tex and Indi were making valentines at Niko’s house. When Tex and Niko reached for the very same heart at the very same time, Niko said, “It’s mine! I touched it first!” “No, it’s mine!” said Tex. “I touched it first!” “Why don’t you just pick another heart?” asked Indi. “Because I like this big one!” Niko said, putting a lion sticker on one side. “So do I!” Tex said, putting a monkey sticker on the other side. “Hey, the monkey and lion are friends,” said Niko as he added some hearts. “Best friends,” said Tex as he added some stars. “We make a pretty good team.” “Only one problem,” said Niko. “Who gets to keep it?” Just then, Niko’s mom and little sister, Annie, came in with some snacks. No one noticed that the special heart had fallen on the…

1 min.
coach, where are you?

Spunky Monkey was excited. It was his first day of soccer practice. But something was not right. “¡Perezoso no está aquí!” said Pepe. Perezoso was the coach. Without him, the team couldn’t practice. “We’ll find him!” called Spunky. He took off, and Pepe followed him. But Spunky didn’t know what Perezoso looked like. “Is this Perezoso?” he asked, pointing to a green iguana. “No, eso es una iguana,” replied Pepe. Near the river, Spunky saw a big frog. “Is this Perezoso?” he asked. “No, eso es una rana,” said Pepe. Spunky found a long snake under a bush. “Is this Perezoso?” asked Spunky. “No, ¡eso es una serpiente!” said Pepe, pushing Spunky to the side. Then Spunky saw something else—a big sloth sleeping on a tree branch. “Is this Perezoso?” asked Spunky. “¡Sí! ¡PEREZOSO!” called Pepe. Perezoso woke with a start. “Oh no! Did I…

1 min.
little bunny’s new neighbor

Little Bunny watched as Mr. Ferret moved in to the house next door. He watched Mr. Ferret hang a sign on his gate: KEEP OUT! Later, Little Bunny and Squirrel were playing ball. The ball bounced into Mr. Ferret’s yard. “Will you go get it?” asked Squirrel. Little Bunny remembered Mr. Ferret’s sign and said, “I don’t think we should.” So they rode bikes instead. When he went inside, Little Bunny smelled something good. Mama had made a carrot cake. “Yum,” said Little Bunny. Mama smiled. “This cake isn’t for us. It’s for our new neighbor.” “But, Mama, Mr. Ferret is a grouch.” “Everyone gets grouchy sometimes. But I bet he will like my carrot cake,” said Mama. When the cake was done, they went next door. When Mr. Ferret saw the carrot cake, he grinned. He told them about his…

1 min.
potato soup

You Need • 2–3 large russet potatoes• ½ medium yellow onion• 3–4 scallions• 2 stalks celery• 3 cups chicken stock or broth (or enough to cover the vegetables)• 12-ounce can of evaporated milk• Salt and pepper Before You Begin Wash, peel, and quarter the potatoes. Peel the onion. Wash the scallions and celery. 1. Cut the potatoes, onions, celery, and scallions into small pieces. 2. Put all the vegetables into a pot. Cover them with the chicken stock. 3. Adult: Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes). 4. When the vegetables are tender, stir in the evaporated milk. 5. Adult: Simmer for 5 more minutes. 6. Taste the soup. Add salt and pepper as needed. Warm up lunchtime with this creamy soup.…

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cupid’s cardboard cookies

You Need • Cardboard• White glue• Tempera paint• Hole punch or scissors• Construction paper• Craft stick Before You Begin Adult: Cut pieces of cardboard into heart shapes. Mix equal amounts of glue and paint. 1. Tear or use a hole punch or scissors to cut up small pieces of different-colored construction paper. 2. To add “icing” to your “cookies,” use a craft stick to spread a layer of the glue-paint mixture on top. 3. To add “sprinkles,” top each “cookie” with the construction-paper bits while the glue-paint is still wet. Make a table and invite your friends to a party! Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…